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US Supreme Court to hear Kirill Denyakin murder case

17 december 2013, 15:15
Kirill Denyakin
Kirill Denyakin
Kirill's mother has shared her further plans to turn around the case of Kirill Denyakin murder, Tengrinews reports.

Kazakhstan Justice Ministry informed her that the U.S. appeals court affirmed the decision made by the jury trial on December 11. The U.S. jury justified the actions of the American policeman who shot 11 bullets into unarmed Kirill Denyakin.

"I haven't receive the documents, but a Justice Ministry representative called me and gave me the news in the morning. The decision wasn't not in our favor, and now we have a right to file an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States," Yelena Denyakina said.

The actual hearing and the decision took place in mid September, but the news cots to the young man's mother only these days.

26-year-old Kirill Denyakin, who came to the United States from Kazakhstan's Karaganda through the Work and Travel program was living Portsmouth for two years and working as a cook in a hotel. He was shot dead on April 23, 2011 by a police officer, who allegedly mistook him for a robber when he was knocking on the door. The unarmed 'robber' who was knocking on the door instead of entering through a window must have scared the police officer so badly that he dubbed the cook with 11 bullets.

However, on February 10, the American court found no grounds to hold Stephen Rankin, the police officer who shot his gun empty at an unarmed person, criminally liable and ruled that his actions were legal and the shooting was a necessity.

After that, the family of the man who was used by the policeman for target practicing filed a new lawsuit against, claiming $22 million from the Portsmouth police in damages, but the civil court denied the compensation, too.

Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry promised to carefully look into possible solutions and fight for justice.

By Roza Yessenkulova

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